After completing the lengthy treatment for Leukemia, 11-year-old Anna wanted to create a space that would bring a little more joy into the world.
Anna wished to design a space at a local dog shelter where potential adopters could meet and play with the puppies, and PAWS in Norwalk provided just the place to do it.
As she stepped out of a limo, Anna’s family, friends, teachers, and many others cheered Anna on with signs that read “Anna’s Wish Came True” as she entered the playroom and saw her artistic vision revealed. Her mother Heather said, “It’s really overwhelming. It means so much to Anna and to see it come to life is great, it makes her so happy.”
The puppies of PAWS also joined the fun and got to enjoy their future room for the first time.
Anna was playing with puppies in her dream come true. The puppy playroom had been built with very detailed instructions from the wish kid herself. The indoor space feels like an outdoor park, with clouds painted on the ceiling and photo wallpaper displaying a local park. A life-size photo of Anna and her dog Franklin welcomes visitors to “Anna’s Dog Park,” and a collage of puppy photos spells out Anna’s name on the wall.
During the grand opening, Anna’s stepfather read a speech that she had written for the event, explaining how she had thought up and decided upon her wish. Her family dog, Franklin, was a rescue, and the joy he brought to Anna’s life inspired her to help other rescue dogs find their forever families. Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling also attended the event and presented Anna with a proclamation in her honor.
Inspired by the selflessness of Anna’s wish, the national pet food company Blue Buffalo, based in Wilton, announced at the event that they would be donating pet food to PAWS for life.
It truly is a wish that keeps on giving.
Video Produced by Inspira Marketing
Adopted By: Blue Buffalo
Special Thank You To All Who Made Anna's Wish Come True:
Michael Bagley Photography, Canine Training & Behavior Service, 3M, Blue Buffalo, Robbins Tesar Inc., Max 200, CertaPro Painters, Tina Marie Photography, Hoffman Landscapes, Inc., Rings End Lumber, Riverside Fence, Innovative Mark-It Solution, The Natural Pet Outlet, On Deck Sport, PAWS